Michigan News Digest

Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up today in Michigan. Questions about today’s coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Detroit bureau at 800-642-4125 or 313-259-0650 or apmichigan@ap.org. For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

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TOP STORY:

MICHIGAN GOVERNOR-KIDNAPPING PLOT

JACKSON, Mich. — A judge slashes bond to $100,000 from $10 million for a man accused of assisting others in a scheme to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and commit other violence against state government. A defense attorney argued that Pete Musico actually was kicked out of the group because he was too “soft” and wouldn’t commit to violence. SENT: 350 words.

GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS:

ELECTION 2020-SENATE-SPENDING

WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats are unleashing millions in eleventh-hour spending to contest Senate seats in states that read like a list of reliable GOP strongholds: Alaska. Arizona. Georgia. Iowa. Kansas. Montana. South Carolina. Texas. The reason: States in many traditionally conservative areas are in play next month and both sides know it. Less than two weeks from an Election Day that will determine Senate control, each party is throwing late money at an up-for-grabs Democratic seat in Michigan. By Alan Fram. SENT: 935 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-POSTAL DELIVERY

U.S. Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans began voting by mail, raising the possibility of ballots being rejected because they arrive too late. Postal data covering the beginning of October show nearly all of the agency’s delivery regions missing agency targets of having more than having more than 95% of first-class mail arrive within five days. Parts of the politically coveted battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Ohio fell short of delivery goals by wide margins as the agency struggles to regain its footing after a tumultuous summer. By Anthony Izaguirre. SENT: 830 words, photos. With AP interactive, data distribution.

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VIRUS OUTBREAK-MICHIGAN

The latest on the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan. On merits.

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